FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – Former reality star “19 Kids and Counting” Josh Duggar should be released from prison and, according to his lawyers Travis Story and Justin Gelfand, should be allowed to return home to take care of his family. who filed a response against the government’s request for pre-trial detention on Tuesday, May 4th.
Duggar, 33, is charged with two counts in a indictment alleging receiving child pornography and possessing child pornography. Duggar has pleaded not guilty on either count.
Josh Duggar, officially accused of receiving and owning child pornography, pleads not guilty
Duggar’s hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The court found: “No social media should be accessed or used during the trial.”
Josh Duggar will appear before a federal judge for the first time in Fayetteville, Ark. | On artist: John Kushmaul
Story and Gelfand gave the following reasons for posting before testing:
- No previous criminal convictions.
- Has had an open dialogue with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the investigation, which began in 2019.
- In the case, handed over voluntarily on April 29, 2021.
- Is not a flight risk, a danger to the community and has deep roots.
- He has a widely recognizable face and has spent most of his life in the spotlight, which makes the risk of escaping all the more unjustified.
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Former reality TV star Josh Duggar is being held in a northwest Arkansas prison after being arrested by federal authorities on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Washington County Arkansas Jail via AP)
In the nine-page document, the defense asked the court to “admit him [Duggar] to return to his immediate family while this case is pending. The residents of his house are his wife (who is pregnant) and their six children. “
On Friday April 30, the federal court hearing the judge requested a third party administrator Duggar could stay with and no minor children in the house in case he was released on bail.
“Regardless of where he lives, Duggar pledges to abide by the release conditions set out by this court,” the document reads.
The attorneys stated, “Duggar should be released on bail under a combination of conditions that would reasonably warrant his appearance in court and the safety of the community or any other person.”
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